|MEDICINE AND HUMANITIES
|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 521
The Ins and Outs of Spermatology
Dickson D Varner
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843-4475, USA
|Date of Web Publication||29-Apr-2015|
Dickson D Varner
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843-4475
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Varner DD. The Ins and Outs of Spermatology. Asian J Androl 2015;17:521
This poem was written for the 12th International Symposium on Spermatology (August 10-14, 2014, Newcastle, Australia) as a memento of AndroFest 2014.
Now Webster himself defines Ins and Outs
As discussions with a technical slant,
So when you see a title like this
Get curious rather than rant.
You see, sperm have a likeness like no other
A fact for which we must all agree,
So a title addressed in a manner like this
Fits my talk to a tee.
From their diminutive size to their wigglin' ways
They have uniqueness beyond compare.
To start, just think of them as skinny little guys
That don't have to worry about skin care.
Yep, they have their idiosyncrasies, indeed
Like no brain and no heart, but endurance,
And the Wizard of Oz would be proud to know
That these fellas are loaded with courage.
For they must travel great long distances indeed
And it begins at the time they are born.
There are billions of sperm that start this long trek
And most don't make it, but don't mourn.
Cause ya see, these fellas are built for function
And sacrifice is their middle name.
But they'll do all they can just to survive
Just like a guy for some dame.
They don't have legs for travelin'
But you'll n'er hear them complain,
For during their hike to the Promised Land
You ever see a sperm go lame?
But these cute little guys are a little mixed up
And they really take this to heart,
For some are Xs and some are Ys
And they can't tell each other apart.
Now these swordless soldiers must fight to the death
Cause out of the billions one wins,
And it sounds like something from out of the Ozarks
Cause they only compete with their kin.
So sit back pardners, and listen close
About these unique creatures we try to decode
We'll follow their journey, discuss their ins and their outs
As they travel the Yellow Brick Road.